March 15, 2004
I went on this cruise with a college friend, and it was the first cruise for the both of us. We went looking for a good time for Spring Break. This cruise was the best week of my life. The staff was incredibly helpful. We boarded with no problem whatsoever. The rooms were large enough. I recommend taking an electrical outlet strip...there is only one outlet in the room, and the strip came in handy with two girls. Alcohol was not too pricey (as this was a major concern for us college kids!) In Catalina, we just walked around and enjoyed the town. If you decide to do an excursion, I would wait and just pay when you are on the island..I hear it is cheaper. In Mexico, we went to the blow hole (La Bufadora), where there was a lot of bargain shopping.
If you are looking for a good time, Papas and Beers is a must! The dress was mostly casual with dressier attire required for the evening. The comedy show on Tuesday night was horrible, but the one on Wednesday night definitely made up for it. I also recommend room service, because it is free! If you are still up at 4 am, you can just call and have whatever you'd like delivered. The worst part was when we were trying to exit the last morning. The line was pretty long to get off the ship, but once we made it past the ship doors there was really no problem. It is 10 dollars a day to park in the parking garage. The waters were not rough..just a little bit on the Thursday back to Long Beach. Beware of the sail and sign card...it can make you feel like a millionare :-) Have fun and enjoy your cruise! I would definitely go on another.